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Reminds me of 1960's at my Elmer's shack learning the 5 wpm code getting ready to take the Novice test at his house.
The license was good for one year and not renewable, allowing you to run 75 watts input power on cw with a crystal controlled transmitter.

MONDAY EDITION: Sports wrap-up: Patriots won but leave a lot of questions about Brady and his offense (or lack of). 49'ers win again and stand at 9-1, they look better that the Patriots for sure. Gronk is making a big announcement on Tuesday, is he coming back to play football??????...I am monitoring American-RC group on Fusion digital if you want to say hello. It is blowing gusts of 40 mph this morning, rainy, overcast, and generally shitty out, I will be on the low end of 20 playing cw today....

 How about this asshole Kaepernick blowing off the NFL workout showcasing his skills  because he didn't like the terms so he has his own workout at a local high school field, looking for a job after suing the nfl for collusion. He shows up with this idiot haircut and wearing a slave t-shirt, Kunta Kinte. He grew up in a middle class family wanting nothing, college degree and was never a damn slave. A millionaire angry black athlete who wants to kneel during the anthem to protest......fuck him. I hope he never gets asked to play flag football again....

AmateurLogic 136: Turkey Fever

It’s just about Thanksgiving time here in the US and we’ll soon be suffering from Turkey Fever.

Tommy’s shows how to make an Arduino Frequency Counter. Mike, VE3MIC joins us with a look at the York Region ARC Hamfest.

Emile discusses GPS Ham Radio Applications. And as a sheer coincidence, George reviews GPS History and advancements in accuracy, plus decoding US Coast Guard DGPS.

We also announce the lucky winner of our MFJ-1234 RigPi Station Server contest.

1:30 of fun designed for your cold weather viewing pleasure.

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

WEEKEND EDITION: A little different day today, 25 degrees and breezy, only in New England. The big shots at BC football have a bye week so they can't lose this weekend and a chance to think about getting their pompous asses kicked by Notre Dame next week. NE Patriots have a tough game against Philly at 4 on Sunday and the Celtics are off to a good start. Life is good in New England, Bruins aren't too bad either....

Foundations of Amateur Radio

Putting a radio in a car

As you might recall, most of my radio activity is done away from my shack. I tend to operate portable, camping, sitting on a jetty or using a picnic table while a BBQ is going nearby.

For me operating with my car as a mobile base made more sense than trying to cram an antenna in a home with little or no garden.

Putting a radio in a car can be as simple as bringing a hand-held and hanging it from the rear-view mirror, or it can involve a mobile phone mount that allows you to clamp it in place.

Pretty soon you'll want to have an antenna on the outside of the car, so then you start figuring out how to make it go through the car without needing to drill holes and sparking the ire of the other users of the car.

Not long after that you'll want to charge it, then the microphone will become inconvenient, changing frequency, using it for more than talking on the local repeater.

Eventually you might well get to the point that a hand-held is no longer appropriate.

Without telling you which radio to buy, since there are many different ones to choose from, with different specifications, different pricing, different functions and different sizes, there are plenty of roadblocks to radio bliss in the car.

The very first one is: Where to put the radio?

If your radio has a detachable front, that is, the buttons and display can be separated from the main body, you'll have more options, but if that's not possible, you'll likely need to find somewhere near and preferably visible to where you'll be using it.

There are transceivers that fit into a standard car radio opening which might come in handy if your car comes with all manner of bezels and curves. You might find a spot in the centre console, or overhead.

If you can put the transceiver in one spot and the head in another, then you can put the radio in any little hidey hole, for example, under the passenger seat, or in the luggage compartment, in the glove box, or behind the drivers seat.

When you are looking for a spot, consider how you're going to get electricity to it and how you're going to connect the antenna. You'll likely need to connect the power supply wire directly to the battery, which might determine how the power gets into the cabin of the car.

If you can drill holes in your car, you'll have extra options, but consider that you'll need to protect the wire that goes through those holes and you'll also need to protect the steel, given that once you drilled that hole, it's no longer protected by paint from rusting.

The same is true for the antenna. Can you use an existing path, or do you need to make a new one? If you put the radio in the luggage compartment, can the antenna lead exit that and what happens if it rains?

In my set up I have an all band radio, it does HF, VHF and UHF, but I didn't want to have multiple antennas on the car. The radio has multiple sockets, so I used a coax switch that's connected to an antenna mount on the rear of the car and ran two lines back to the radio, so I can switch between HF and VHF. Of course I need to swap out the antenna, but I'm not switching whilst I'm driving, so that's no problem.

Other things to consider are what noise comes from the car. I don't mean the zoom-zoom noise, I mean the noise from things like the alternator. How will you deal with that? What about grounding? How will you make the ground plane of the antenna? Can you use braid to connect the various panels of the vehicle to each other?

If your mount is temporary, like for example a magnetic mount, how will you protect the paint work? Can you clamp something across an edge, or will you need to drill a hole?

If you're at all unsure, then try some set-ups. Run a temporary power supply through a door, figure out where stuff goes. Look at what your friends have done, test it by going out, park somewhere and try to use it for real.

It can be daunting to set-up a car, but it is very rewarding and it's a great way to get used to the many aspects that are involved once you dive into this hobby

AU2JCB - Special event call operation

AU2JCB is a special event call-sign to commemorate the birth date (30 NOV) and to pay homage and to to tell about the great INDIAN scientist Acharya JAGADISH CHANDRA BOSE who is recognized as the "Father of Wireless Communication" by the scientific community of our world.

VU2DSI-Datta Deogaonkar will operate with this AU2JCB special event call-sign.

The Details of operation----

Period----23 NOV 2019 to 16 DEC 2019

Frequencies-------

10 M-- 28545, 28510,28490. 21 M—21235, 21310, 21350.
20M—14210, 14250, 14310. 40 M---7040, 7150.
80 M --- 3710.
IN FM MODE----- 6M –50800, 51500. 10 M---29700.

Preferably the operation will be on higher bands according to propagation conditions.

QSL--- Direct to VU2DSI,"SURABHI" MEHERABAD. AHMEDNAGAR.414006. INDIA.

FOR DX STATIONS PLEASE SEND 2IRC's-----IF POSSIBLE--- as many many DX stations are requesting QSL's

Aacharya J.C.BOSE

Aacharya J.C.Bose is well known as the “Father of Wireless Communication”.
Acharya Bose's demonstration in 1895 and 1897 predates all.

Bose transmitted wireless signals to distance of a mile. Popova in Russia was still trying remote signaling at this time and the first wireless experiment by Marconi was not successful until May 1897.

Bose is a pioneer in microwave optics technology.

Bose's invention of 1 centimeter to 5 millimeters radio waves is being used in radars, satellite communication& remote sensing.

Bose's concepts from his original 1897 papers are now incorporated into a new 1.3 mm multi-beam receivers on the NRAO (National Radio Observatory) 12 Meter Telescope.

Bose anticipated the use of P-type& N-type semiconductors & hence 60 years ahead of his time. Bose developed the use of GALENA crystals for making receivers.

In Bose's presentation to the Royal Institution in London in January 1897, he speculated on the existence of electromagnetic radiation from the sun. This radiation from the sun was not detected until 1942.

Webpages--

https://www.cv.nrao.edu/~demerson/bose/bose.htm
http://www.qsl.net/vu2msy/JCBOSE.htm

ARISS school contact planned for West Point, USA

An ARISS school contact is planned for Drew Morgan KI5AAA with Lakeside Elementary School, West Point, UT, USA.

The event is scheduled for Monday November 18, 2019 at approximately 19.01 UTC, which is 20.01 CEWT.

The telebridge contact will operated by IK1SLD in northern Italy. Downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz FM. As usual, operations at IK1SLD ground station will be web streamed on:
www.ariotti.com

School Information:

Lakeside Elementary Mission Statement: "Lakeside Elementary Lions strive daily to create a community of excellence by demonstrating the characteristics of perseverance, respect, innovation, and determination in a learning environment where we understand that ALL students have the ability to make a positive difference in the world."¯

Our goal is to involve all students at Lakeside Elementary, their families, and neighbors, to make them aware of the science that surrounds them, and to create a lifelong interest in science and learning by having an interaction with an active project and communicate with astronauts working in space.

Students First Names & Questions:
1. Jett (6): What made you want to be an astronaut?
2. Jim (K): How do Astronauts draw in Space?
3. Eliza (2): How did it feel to be part of the 1st all women spacewalk?
4. Haizley (1): How do you drive a spaceship?
5. Hadley (4): If something goes wrong, do you have an emergency plan? I.E. if a meteor hits you, the engine breaks

6. Leilani (1): How and what do you eat in space?
7. Ryan (6): What has been your most dangerous situation in space?
8. Logan (1): What do you do for fun in the space station when you are not working?
9. Quinnlyn (5): What experiments are you working on in space right now?
10. Dallyn (3): Can plants grow in space?

Amateur Radio Newsline Report

RADIO BOLSTERS AUSTRALIA'S FIREFIGHTERS

PAUL: Our top story this week looks at Australia's bushfires. As disaster overwhelms the nation on a deadly scale, hams step in for support. Graham Kemp VK4BB shares this report.

GRAHAM: As bushfires fires consumed more than 4 thousand square miles in New South Wales alone, officials in Australia were bracing for the latest rash of blazes that they said could lead to the most dangerous bushfire week in the nation's history. New South Wales called a state of emergency and additional fires flared in Western Australia and Queensland. Members of the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network, or WICEN, were called to harness their radio skills in the face of an overwhelming catastrophe. Edwin Lowe VK2VEL, a Facebook administrator for WICEN New South Wales, told Newsline that hams were deployed to provide logistical support for the Rural Fire Service along with community evacuation and welfare support.

WICEN NSW's publicity officer Julian Sortland VK2YKS said that hams sent to the Rural Fire Service Command Centre in northern VK2 had begun rotations operating the RFS' own radio system. Julian said members of WICEN's parent body, the Volunteer Rescue Association, were staffing the Bush Fire Information Line in Sydney, likely alongside WICEN members. Edwin said that hams were also functioning as scribes for firefighting Incident Management Teams. He noted, however that it was not so much amateur radio itself playing a critical role here but [quote] "the adaptability and skills of the amateur radio operators who are members of WICEN NSW."

In Queensland the VK4RAT VHF and UHF Amateur Radio Repeaters, the VK4RTL 10m 6m and 23cm beacons, the TAC08 CH8 UHF CB Repeater and the SES CH01 Repeater are all off air due to damage done by bushfires that swept through the summit on Sunday evening 10th November.

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KEEPING COMMUNICATIONS OPEN DURING INDIA'S CYCLONE

PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, amateurs in India mobilized to help emergency operations as a cyclone overtook the coast. More on that from Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.

JIM: As parts of Bangladesh and the eastern Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal were slammed by Cyclone Bulbul on November 10th, a team of amateurs from the West Bengal Radio Club set up emergency operations in the largest, most populated district of West Bengal. From there they connected with police, the state disaster management team and the National Disaster Response Force. Outside, people throughout the region were evacuated under the threat of the deadly storm's winds of as much as 120 kilometres per hour, or 75 miles per hour. Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA, the club's founder, reported on their Facebook page that the control room operators established connections with state officials and mobile stations were reporting their observations in and keeping an eye on the relief camps. Authorities credited lower death tolls to the presence of additional coastal shelters and more efficient evacuations.

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HAM'S RESEARCH PROJECT GETS $1.3M FOUNDATION GRANT

PAUL/ANCHOR: The founder of the HamSCI research team has won a prestigious National Science Foundation grant, as we hear from Heather Embee KB3 Tee Zed Dee.

HEATHER: Congratulations to HamSCI Founder Nathaniel Frissell (freh-SELL), W2NAF, who has been given a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant to work with amateur radio stations studying the effects of weather in the ionosphere. Nathaniel is no stranger to ham radio and research. He is the founder of HamSCI, also known as the Ham Radio Science Citizens Investigation initiative which is an international citizen science space physics research collective.

His research project, which will take three years, is known as DASI, for Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments. Nathaniel will work with a number of universities and amateur radio operators staffing a network of personal space weather stations. He told the ARRL that he believed his receipt of the grant shows that the National Science Foundation takes amateur radio's contribution to science seriously.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel recently moved on to the University of Scranton as a physics and electrical engineering professor after being on the faculty at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is already planning to establish a ham radio club on the Scranton campus and hopes the club's work will become part of the effort covered by the grant

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NETWORK FORMS TO HELP UK COLLEGE HAM CLUBS COLLABORATE

PAUL/ANCHOR: Ham clubs on university campuses in the UK have a new collective to help them grow and learn. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has been following that story.

JEREMY: An organisation called UK University Amateur Radio may be among the newest groups on campus but its advocates are hoping it will be among the most enduring. UKUAR was born during brainstorming at the Radio Society of Great Britain's Convention this year, according to Peter Barnes M0SWN, president of the Swansea Radio Society. He told Newsline that the new group is reaching out to emerging campus clubs as well as established ones, hoping to promote the sharing of ideas and resources.

The effort has already produced results. At Cardiff University, Derek MW0LNA has integrated ham radio into the syllabus, meaning all 110 undergraduates in electrical and electronic engineering will sit the Foundation licence Exam. Derek told Newsline that he chose a career as an RF engineer largely because of the ham radio club at the university where he had been an undergraduate. He described amateur radio as [quote] "a highly valuable complementary activity to an electrical engineering program." [endquote] although he stressed that campus radio activities are open to students reading languages, medicine, history and other disciplines too.

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IN SOUTH AFRICA, A CHALLENGE TO NEWCOMERS

PAUL/ANCHOR: Another big event, this one for newbie operators in South Africa, is challenging recent licensees to have fun as well as QSOs. John Williams VK4JJW has those details.

JOHN: If you're newly licenced in South Africa and new to contesting as well as amateur radio, here's a chance to have some fun while sharpening your skills and gaining confidence: It's the Newbie Party being hosted by the South African Radio League. The event runs from 0800 to 2000 UTC on the 23rd of November. Hams will operate on 20, 40 and 80 meters on phone and exchange a signal report along with a character from the alphabet based on the length of time the newbie has been licenced. According to the SARL website, that would be Alpha for fewer than 6 months, Bravo for 6 months to a year, Echo for 1 to 2 years and so on, up to November for more than four years. For contest rules, a full list of characters for the exchange as well as other details, visit sarl dot org dot za (sarl.org.za)

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'YOUTH ON THE AIR CAMP' MAKES DEBUT IN U.S.

PAUL/ANCHOR: Here in the U.S. it's time for summer camp! OK, not really -- but it's time to think about this particular one - it's new and it's a first for young hams here in the States, as we learn from Stephen Kinford N8WB.

STEPHEN: Now here's a reason young radio operators in North, Central and South America probably can't wait for summer: The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting and the West Chester Amateur Radio Association WC8VOA in Ohio are hosting the first Youth on the Air Camp for licensed hams in IARU Region 2 who are between the ages of 15 and 25. It's set to take place June 21st through June 26th. Workshops and activities will focus on satellite communications, antenna-building, radio direction-finding and orienteering. There will be a high-altitude balloon launch and a trip to a local amusement park as well as there being radios on-site to work on contesting skills and teamwork. That's just a sampling.

The camp is based on IARU Region 1's camp for youngsters in Europe and Africa and will be operated by the nonprofit Electronic Applications Radio Service, or EARS. It's a pilot program for what organizers hope will inspire similar camps in other locations.

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MALAYSIAN AMATEURS TEST EMERGENCY READINESS

PAUL: In Malaysia, hams took the test of emergency readiness and learned what tasks still lie ahead. Robert Broomhead VK3DN tells us more.

ROBERT: The exercise known as the Malaysian Simulated Emergency Test was considered unprecedented for that nation. Hams everywhere responded on the 9th of November to simulated monsoon disaster, rallying to pass messages using the call sign 9M4CMA as the drama unfolded amid rain, strong winds and a disabled power grid. The exercise was run by the nation's ham radio society, the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters Society, or MARTS. According to a MARTS report prepared two days later, hams were challenged late in the day by deteriorating band conditions on 40 meters and although they found 60 meters more workable, few stations were set up for that band.

Perhaps more importantly, the MARTS report also noted that message-handling skills needed to be improved among the more than 50 stations working as relays. The report said: [quote] "This event is a good eye-opener lesson for all radio amateurs to improve future emergency communication plans." With that in mind MARTS will assist in the further training of hams on amateur radio emergency procedures using a guide drawn up by MARTS. It will be based on IARU guidelines, Malaysian regulations and an amateur radio emergency communications guidebook from John Allocca WB2LUA."

MARTS plans to run this exercise annually.

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A FIRST BIRTHDAY 'PARTY' FOR THE 420 HAM RADIO NETWORK

PAUL: First birthdays are a big deal - ask any parent - so it's no surprise that the 420 Ham Radio Network is having a big party that's going to last - you guessed it - four hours and 20 minutes. The birthday net is taking place on November 16th starting at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You don't have to be in the United States, however, to check in. Because the net is on the 420 Ham Radio Network, it's multi-mode. Check in via DMR TalkGroup 302024, Yaesu Fusion CA 420 network 36037, D STAR Reflector 420A, Allstar Node 49447 and Echolink 420 conference.

(MARTIN SWINIMER VE1KLR)

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TURNING 'BLACK FRIDAY' INTO 'FISTS FRIDAY'

PAUL/ANCHOR: Why shop when you can sit home and send code? Some hams are thinking the same thing and Neil Rapp WB9VPG tells us why.

NEIL: In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday - which is a Thursday - has come to be followed by a holiday shopping free-for-all known as "Black Friday." Well now that day gained has yet another name: "FISTS Friday." The CW operators' worldwide group known as FISTS has reserved the 24 hours following November 28th to encourage operators to get on the air in a noncompetitive event and start pounding out their gratitude using their keys. Organizers encourage operators to make at least one QSO and beat the holiday rush.

Hams who participate will be able to download a "FISTS Friday" certificate from the website where it will be available until the 1st of December. Operators are being asked to send an email to the FISTS awards manager at awards at fists na dot org (awards@fistsna.org), describing their QSO.

So once you've finished your feast, why not start with your FIST?

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SILENT KEY: MIKE CAMPBELL K7NRA

PAUL/ANCHOR: In Arizona, a mentor to many and a key supporter of an annual special event has become a Silent Key. Andy Morrison K9AWN tells us about him.

ANDY: The annual special event station operating this year to mark the National Rifle Association's 148th birthday is going
forward without a key participant: Mike Campbell K7NRA has become a Silent Key. The Yavapai Amateur Radio Club of Prescott, Arizona, will operate the station on November 17th from the Paulden, Arizona campus of Gunsite Academy. Mike's call sign had been used during past years' activations but this year the station will operate as K7GST, using the call sign of Buz Mills the owner of Gunsite.

David K7TO, a longtime neighbor of Mike's, recalled in an email that when he developed an interest in ham radio, Mike had been his Elmer. He wrote [quote] "He was very helpful in getting me on the air and keeping me there." [endquote] He regaled him with stories about contacts with the ISS and Pitcairn Island. He said a celebration of his life is to be held on the 7th of December.

John WB9VGJ said in an email that Mike was usually the first one to operate the special event station since it first went on
the air in 2002 but in recent years could not attend for health reasons. He said that the event organizers had high regard for Mike. He added [quote]: "He will be missed." [endquote]

FRIDAY EDITION: It's going to feel like a heat wave today at around 50 degrees and sunny....The HRO LUNCH BUNCH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY HAS BEEN SET FOR DECEMBER 12th. This is always fun and has great attendance, welcome to all in the area!..It was great to talk to Warren- WS1D yesterday on 75 meters.....Lynn, MA (City of Sin and home to the Hell's Angels) has the highest pregnancy rate in the state. Lynn is a coastal town a few miles away, and has decided to hand out condoms to all who want them  at school without parental permission. Let's see where this goes, it is my guess is these kids are so damn stupid they won't know how to use the free rubbers.....You have to laugh living here in MA, legislators here solved the vaping crisis running rampant with young kids kids by proposing a 75 percent tax on vaping products. The DEMS solve all the issues here by taxing....no thought of education, parents checking what their kids are doing, cracking down on stores or manufactures who are selling this shit.....hell no, tax it so we can piss  more of our money away. Another DEM proposal to relieve the traffic in Boston is to increase the tolls dramatically during rush hours. Yeah that should work well with the poor bastards working an hourly wage and no way of shifting hours to avoid the toll increase, but more of our money in the coffers to piss away......

HAM radio operators seek greater role in emergencies

Coastside volunteers work to improve outreach

During last month’s planned PG&E shut-offs, which turned out the lights on the Coastside on two occasions, many residents had trouble communicating with the outside world. In many cases, landline phones, internet and cell service were down as well as the electric grid. 

To fill the void, amateur radio or HAM operators relied on hand-held transceivers to connect to each other and to first responders. 

Lee Copeland, a longtime member of Half Moon Bay’s amateur radio club, said that during the shut-offs about 20 to 25 HAM operators were checking in with the county and with each other throughout the day.   ARTICLE

YOTA summer camp in the Americas

Taking a cue from IARU Region 1’s Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) annual summer camp, the Youth on the Air committee in IARU Region 2 has announced the first camp for young radio amateurs in the Americas next June

The ARRL report:

Sponsors hope the Region 2 camp, a modified version of the Region 1 camp, will also become an annual event.

The inaugural IARU Region 2 summer camp will take place June 21 – 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township, Ohio, the YOTA committee in IARU Region 2 said. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WC8VOA) will host the event. Operating the camp will be Electronic Applications Radio Service, Inc. (EARS), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to wireless technologies and activities.

According to the announcement, the camp will focus on building peer and mentor relationships and taking amateur radio “to the next level.”
Campers will attend workshops and activities in multiple STEM-related subjects, such as radio contesting, electronic kit building, D-Star, APRS, satellite communication, antenna building, and radio direction finding and orienteering. A high-altitude balloon launch is also being planned.
Campers will learn and exercise on-the-air skills at special event station W8Y, at nearby Kings Island Amusement Park.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/youth-on-the-air-camp-coming-to-iaru-region-2

More than 1 Million Contacts Logged during ARRL Field Day 2019

ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, reports that nearly 1.1 million contacts were made during the 2019 ARRL Field Day — the most popular operating event in North America. Bourque reported the 2019 ARRL Field Day results, which are available starting on page 64 of the digital edition of the December 2019 issue of QST. Bourque says in his article that more than 36,000 radio amateurs took part in ARRL Field Day 2019 across all 83 ARRL/Radio Amateurs of Canada sections, up slightly from the 35,250 reported last year. The total number of contacts was down by about 7% from 2018’s 1.18 million contacts.

“This year, 3,113 entries were received from local clubs and emergency operations centers (EOCs), as well as individual portable, mobile, and home stations,” Bourque wrote in QST. Most entries were in Class A — club or non-club groups of three or more.

Of the nearly 1.1 million contacts, approximately 46% were made on phone, and 456,000 (42%) of contacts were made on CW. The remaining 138,000+ (12%) of the contacts were made on digital modes, such as FT8 and RTTY.

“This is a substantial increase compared to 2018, when total QSOs on the digital modes numbered just over 56,000,” Bourque reported. “With the last 2018 release of WSJT-X (which now supports Field Day exchanges), many participants made use of FT8’s ability to communicate when band conditions weren’t being cooperative.”

Top 10 scores ranged between W3AO’s Class 14A entry from Maryland-DC, with 32,356 points, to W1NVT’s 14,876-point Class 2A entry from Vermont.

Bourque said that 95% of the 3,113 entries received came through the Field Day web applet.

“Not only is ARRL Field Day an opportunity to sharpen operating skills in temporary and portable locations, it’s also an occasion to showcase amateur radio to the local community, with clubs often setting up in publicly accessible locations and interacting with non-hams,” Bourque wrote.

Still Time to Work TX7T in the Marquesas Islands

ARRL: The Marquesas TX7T DXpedition, sponsored by the Can-Am DXpedition Group, moved on to Hiva Oa on November 6. Operation is scheduled to continue until November 17, with the team heading home a couple of days later. Typically, three or four stations are on the air on CW, SSB, and FT8 on all of the 160 – 10 meter bands.

Europe is a key target area, and “every attempt will be made to take advantage of propagation,” the DXpedition has indicated. The DXpedition is mostly funded by the operators themselves, but contributions are welcome and will go toward freight and shipping costs.

The Marquesas Islands rank #59 on the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted list. The TX7T logs are available on OQRS.

 

THURSDAY EDITION: HRO for lunch bunch today in Salem, NH at HRO Headquarters.....Still a bit nippy here......I was cruising around 75 last night for background noise while Xmas shopping on the computer and ran across a rag chew group on 3843. Sounds like some guys from the Friendly Bunch on 3919 moved down to 3843, is there trouble in paradise? Not unusual for groups to fragment over time, I have seen it happen over and over.....How sad is this story, fricken liberals! Live Free or Die is becoming a joke in NH. I live in MA and of course we are predominantly far left and the powers to be have banned Xmas from schools. Thankfully we still erect a donated 40 foot xmas tree in Dock Square by the harbor every year. Santa arrives by lobster boat and hands candy to the kids and then the Xmas tree is lit and people sing xmas songs complete with free cocoa for all. It's worth every penny to live here on the island of Cape Ann.....Netflix has added a warning to lots of kids movies, "this movie may contain culturally outdated material", when will it end?.....A laugher, past Governor Deval Patrick (D) is announcing he will run for President. You might remember old Diamond "Deville" ordered a new Caddy for himself with state money as soon as he was elected and spent $100k in new drapes and furnishings for his office for his new lavish lifestyle...

Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday, December 4 at 1:00 PM, following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along T-Wharf and Broadway to Spiran Hall (at the corner of Broadway and School Street) led by Rockport cub scouts. This year Santa will be able to linger a while to visit and have photos taken with the children at Spiran Hall until the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins. Then Santa will head over to Dock Square to greet the crowd and kick off the Tree Lighting festivities, before climbing back onto the fire truck to begin his long return journey to the North Pole.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will get underway at 4 PM welcoming Santa and the public to Dock Square with carols and a stirring rendition of “Christmas in Rockport” performed by the Dock Square Carolers.

The Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen will offer official greetings from the Town and will conclude the ceremony by pulling the switch to light this year’s Rockport Christmas tree.   Screw political correctness, wake up NH

AMSAT Says HuskySat-1 Paving the Way for Further Cooperation

ARRL: AMSAT says it had to maneuver some regulatory challenges in establishing its partnership with the University of Washington to share the just-launched HuskySat-1. The satellite went into space on November 2 aboard a Cygnus cargo vessel, which docked to the International Space Station. HuskySat-1 will be boosted into a higher orbit and deployed in January, and once it completes its primary mission, it will be turned over to AMSAT for operation of its linear transponder sometime in the second quarter of 2020. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, explained this week that the AMSAT-UW partnership presented some regulatory challenges, but has paved the way for similar partnerships in the future.

“The [FCC] Part 97 license that AMSAT will operate under does not include or allow the use of any of the experiments on board,” Buxton explained. “As those experiments were not able to conform to Part 97’s so-called ‘educational exemption,’ including the K-band radio, two licenses were required.” UW obtained a Part 5 Experimental license to cover the telemetry downlink of the AMSAT transponder module, but the transponder must remain off during that operation. The AMSAT transponder module will operate under an FCC Part 97 Amateur Service license.

“This was the first partnership with an educational institution where an AMSAT radio was flown on a non-AMSAT (UW in this case) CubeSat,” Buxton said. “In the process of working with the FCC and NASA to obtain a single Part 97 license that was not complicated or restricted by ‘pecuniary interest,’ the experience developed an understanding with FCC as to how a mission such as HuskySat-1 could be fully licensed under Part 97.”

Buxton said delays and difficulties encountered in executing all of the requirements to qualify under Part 97 ultimately bumped up against the mission deadline to have a license in hand, so the CubeSat could be integrated on the launch vessel. “The only way forward at that time, in order for UW to make the launch, was to do the separate licensing,” Buxton said.

“It was lots of work and some good frustration along the way. I thank and commend our partners at University of Washington as well as the FCC for their work to make it happen, and our friends at NASA for giving us the opportunity to push for a path to amateur radio licensing for more of the CubeSat launches they sponsor,” Buxton remarked. “I believe that it has resulted in a known path toward fully Part 97-licensed educational (e.g., university) CubeSats. That should in turn offer more opportunities for AMSAT radios to fly as the communications package for a mission as well as an operating amateur radio satellite, in the same way as the CubeSats we produce.”

After deployment, HuskySat-1’s 1,200 bps BPSK beacon on 435.800 MHz should be active and decodable with the latest release of FoxTelem. HuskySat-1 is expected to run its primary mission for 30 days — testing a pulsed plasma thruster and experimental 24 GHz data transmitter — before being turned over to AMSAT for amateur radio operation. HuskySat-1 will feature a 30 kHz wide, 145 to 435 MHz linear transponder for SSB/CW. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service

Galway Radio Club issue new 48 page newsletter

Galway Radio Club in the west of Ireland have recently launched a new 48 page newsletter which covers some some recent club activities as well as a number of items which may be of interest to a wider audience.

These include...

1) An overview of how an amateur radio digital network was developed in the west of Ireland.
2) An overview of the experimental 5 MHz / 60m band.
3) Antennas for portable operation.
4) Understanding the Ionogram.
5) 160m top band operation.
6) G4HOL multi-band HF horizontal loop.
7) Operating the DVstick 30 - How to communicate on D-Star and DMR without a radio.

For more info, visit...
https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2019/11/galway-radio-club-newsletter-issue-1.html

Starlink satellites are visible again

They're back. A new train of Starlink satellites is crossing the night sky following SpaceX's Monday launch of 60 more internet-orbiters.

Last night, multiple sky watchers in California saw the ensemble fly in formation over urban areas such as San Diego and Los Angeles. You may be able to see them, too.

Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for photos, video, and observing tips

HF propagation and earthquakes

For all the successes of modern weather forecasting, where hurricanes, blizzards, and even notoriously unpredictable tornadoes are routinely detected before they strike, reliably predicting one aspect of nature’s fury has eluded us: earthquakes.

The development of plate tectonic theory in the middle of the 20th century and the construction of a worldwide network of seismic sensors gave geologists the tools to understand how earthquakes happened, and even provided the tantalizing possibility of an accurate predictor of a coming quake. Such efforts had only limited success, though, and enough false alarms that most efforts to predict earthquakes were abandoned by the late 1990s or so.

It may turn out that scientists were looking in the wrong place for a reliable predictor of coming earthquakes. Some geologists and geophysicists have become convinced that instead of watching the twitches and spasms of the earth, the state of the skies above might be more fruitful. And they’re using the propagation of radio waves from both space and the ground to prove their point that the ionosphere does some interesting things before and after an earthquake strikes.

UNDER PRESSURE

While records of the occurrence of earthquakes and their aftermath stretch far back into history, it’s only fairly recently that we’ve learned what actually causes the earth to shake. The geophysics are complicated, but the basics are easy to grasp: when vast tectonic plates floating on the molten rock of the Earth’s mantle move relative to each other at fault lines, friction causes them to stick together. Strain accumulates between them, and when the strain finally overcomes the frictional forces opposing it, the immense potential energy stored in the deformed rock is released, and the ground moves.

https://hackaday.com/2019/11/12/hf-propagation-and-earthquakes/

Bouvet Island DXpedition news

Dom, 3Z9DX, posted the following comment on FaceBook/eHam.net on November 4th [edited]:

"After a short and solid in-team discussion we decided that all donors, who supported our first attempt to Bouvet in March 2019 with 199 USDs and more, will take part in a similar lottery as we've announced recently in terms of the 2nd Bouvet's attempt. We simply feel we should honor all of our supporters who qualify to enter the lottery.

So, each donor who donated at least 199 USDs and more until March 2019 is able to win a FREE 10 days vacation + sailing trip on our own Rebel Catamaran with a Captain and crew among the Fiji islands. The rules are simple and the same as the current lottery for supporters of the 2nd Bouvet attempt. We will choose 3 donors + 1 accompanying person each, that is 6 people in total. Dates are to be arranged with participants once chosen.

The prize includes 10 days vacation and/or the sailing trip around some amazing Fiji islands (Prize do not include participants insurances, airfares from/to home destinations and food. This can be arranged by our crew on request).

The entire process of the prize drawing and the winners' announcements will be live-streamed online. The prize draw will take place in approx. 2 weeks and will be announced a couple of days earlier. Stay tuned and already crossing fingers for the winners :-)"

For more details and updates on the Bouvet Island DXpedition, watch the following Web page and Media sites at:
This is the main site where you can find more details on the project and news: https://bouvetoya.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg


 



New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
KB1OWO- Larry...
Handsome Fellow ,Only cuts lawn in August, plows snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....

 

 
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